Saturday, December 9, 2017



This week in theaters we only have one new wide releases, the comedy "Just Getting Started" starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones and Rene Russo. Don't get your hopes up, though, critics are saying this one is a dud. Also, James Franco's "The Room" has expanded nationwide. Some other good stuff can be found in limited release, including the biopic "I, Tonya" starring Margot Robbie and the documentary "Quest". There's also the mystery drama "November Criminals" starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort, but that one is apparently not very good, either.

Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.


I Tonya Movie Image

Official Synopsis

Based on the unbelievable, but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a mustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, a tour-de-force performance from Allison Janney as her acid-tongued mother, LaVona Golden, and an original screenplay by Steven Rogers, Craig Gillespie's I, TONYA is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding's life and career in all of its unchecked--and checkered--glory.

Film Details

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  • Director: Craig Gillespie

  • Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Bojana Novakovic Bojana Novakovic

  • Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport

  • Running Time: 119 min.

  • Rating: R for pervasive language, violence, and some sexual content/nudity

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 90% (100 fresh, 11 rotten, score: 8.0/10)
  • Metacritic: 74 out of 100 (23 positive, 4 mixed, 1 negative).


November Criminals Movie Image

Official Synopsis

After the murder of his friend is dismissed as gang violence, high schooler Addison (Ansel Elgort) decides to launch an investigation of his own. With help from his girlfriend Phoebe (Chloë Grace Moretz), he quickly discovers that the mystery is darker and deeper than he ever imagined. Tessa Albertson, Catherine Keener, and David Strathairn co-star in this crime drama. Directed by Sacha Gervasi, November Criminals is based on the novel of the same name by Sam Munson.

Film Details

  • Director: Sacha Gervasi

  • Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Ansel Elgort, Catherine Keener, David Strathairn

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

  • Running Time: 85 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic content including teen sexuality, drug material, brief violence and strong language

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 0% (0 fresh, 8 rotten, score: 4.2/10)
  • Metacritic: 33 out of 100 (0 positive, 2 mixed, 2 negative).


Just Getting Started Movie Image

Official Synopsis

From Ron Shelton, writer/director of Tin Cup and Bull Durham, comes the new comedy, Just Getting Started. Morgan Freeman stars as DUKE DIVER, the freewheeling manager of the luxury Palm Springs resort, the Villa Capri. DIVER may have a mysterious past, but he's a pro at making sure that life for the high-spirited residents is one big, non-stop party. But the status quo is challenged when ex-military charmer LEO (Tommy Lee Jones) checks in, triggering a competition between Duke and Leo for the top spot of Alpha male, as well as for the affections of the newly-arrived SUZIE (Rene Russo). When Duke's past suddenly catches up with him, the rivals put aside their differences and the two men reluctantly team up to stop whoever is trying to kill Duke, and also save the Villa Capri.

Film Details

Just Getting Started poster
  • Director: Ron Shelton

  • Starring: Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo, Glenne Headly

  • Genre: Action, Comedy

  • Running Time: 91 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for language, suggestive material and brief violence

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 10% (1 fresh, 9 rotten, score: 2.7/10)
  • Metacritic: 25 out of 100 (0 positive, 2 mixed, 5 negative).


Quest Documentary Image

Official Synopsis

Filmed with vérité intimacy for almost a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of an American family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, parents Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest" Rainey raise a family while navigating the poverty and strife that grips their neighborhood. They nurture a community of artists in their basement home music studio, but even this creative sanctuary can't always keep them safe. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, commitment, healing and hope.

Film Details

Quest Documentary Poster
  • Director: Jonathan Olshefski

  • Starring: Christine'a Rainey, Christopher Rainey, P.J. Rainey

  • Genre: Documentary, Family, Music

  • Running Time: 104 min.

  • Rating: Not Rated

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 100% (39 fresh, 0 rotten, score: 7.8/10)
  • Metacritic: 87 out of 100 (13 positive, 1 mixed, 0 negative).

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